Google Lets Searchers Show 11 Search Ads On Top

A reader emailed me screen shots of Google testing AdWords top ads that can expand to eight additional ads. When expanded, you see a total of 11 ads, followed by the free organic Google search results.

Here are screen shots:

Google 8 expanded top AdWords ads

And when you expand them, they push the free listings down. Here is a cropped image showing some of the top ads expanded:

Google 8 expanded top AdWords ads

Related Topics: Channel: SEM | Google: AdWords | Top News


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  • chiropractic

    Wow, that’s a lot of ads on the expanded view. Didn’t duplicate on same search here. Will be watching for it.

  • fdhill

    Oh Oh is SEO dead yet

  • jonclark

    I actually blogged about this earlier today – looks like they are testing multiple drop down numbers – In this case there are 3 additional ads hidden beneath the drop down menu. Pretty interesting move on Google’s part although it would hard to argue it’s not purely monetary – the prices for top positioned ads will no doubt increase if advertisers want to maintain impression share.

  • T Campbell

    Oh, gosh, Google! THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me the OPTION to watch eight more commercials before the movie starts!

  • seo_tampa

    OMG – Google is going to get rid of the Organic SEO as a term? I really doubt that as this will only help Yahoo/Bing.

  • Mehmet Korukmez

    Where would be the fourth position?

  • mikegroves

    Not seen this in the UK yet. Is this testing in the US only?

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